Comments and Tags

Be the first to comment on this item!



Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Brush, Ehlers

Identifier:
2017.8.3
Description:
This collection of political paraphernalia comes from the campaigns of Grand Rapids politician Vern Ehlers. These types of objects, bearing the name and slogan of the candidate, were commonly given away to prospective voters at speeches, rallies, and other events.

This object is a white plastic brush bearing the slogan "Vern Ehlers, For Congress, For You" in green letters.
Date:
1993 – 2010
Materials:
Plastic
Dimensions:
3"" h 2 1/2"" w 2 1/2"" d
Source:
Gift of Vernon J. Ehlers
Makers/Donors
Vern Ehlers
Vernon James Ehlers was born in Pipestone, Minnesota in 1934 and later moved to Grand Rapids.  Ehlers attended Calvin College and earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was the first research physicist to be elected to Congress.  Over the course of his career in politics, Ehlers served as a Kent County Commissioner, a Michigan State Representative, a Michigan State Senator, and the United States Representative for Michigan's 3rd district.

Vern Ehlers
Vernon James Ehlers was born in Pipestone, Minnesota in 1934 and later moved to Grand Rapids.  Ehlers attended Calvin College and earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was the first research physicist to be elected to Congress.  Over the course of his career in politics, Ehlers served as a Kent County Commissioner, a Michigan State Representative, a Michigan State Senator, and the United States Representative for Michigan's 3rd district.